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Marco Rubio Just Grilled Tillerson About Putin, His Chilling Reply Speaks Volumes

On December 12th of last year, Trump shocked the public when he announced that former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson would be his pick for Secretary of State. Having an oil tycoon serve as the highest diplomat in the country was rightfully perceived as a strange decision.

However, what made Tillerson even more controversial was his revealed connections and sympathies to the Russian Government. He previously worked with Putin and Russian gas company Rosneft to create an Arctic drilling agreement, and has repeatedly opposed the international sanctions against Russia.

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During the Senate confirmation hearing on Tillerson, Republican senator Marco Rubio proved to be a surprising ally to the American people by harshly attacking Tillerson for his apologetic attitude towards Putin. Rubio did this by asking the businessman a simple question: whether Putin was to be considered a war criminal or not.

The evidence, of course, backs Rubio. Groups like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have all heavily chastised Putin for his civil liberties abuses in Russia.

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But Tillerson did not see it that way, using typical apologetic arguments to defend the Prime Minister, which in turn infuriated Rubio. Check it out below.

It should be noted Rubio had previously gained some respect from leftists for being one of the few Republicans willing to call out Trump on his erratic behavior, before ultimately selling out and endorsing him during the primary. This confirmation hearing is a sign that perhaps he still retains some degree of sanity.

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